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The Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) is ready for you as fall starts creeping in, the days get shorter, the leaves start turning and we head inside for warmer reaches.

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A bluegrass quartet featuring Chloe Hopkins, Rick Cronk, Aaron Ratliff and Lisa Ratliff will present a free concert at the Vinton History Museum on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., located at 210 E. Jackson Ave. in Vinton.

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In appreciation for the many first response workers and volunteers who serve the Smith Mountain Lake community, Trinity Ecumenical Parish (TEP) will host a free picnic luncheon Saturday, Sept. 24, behind the church building at 40 Lakemount Drive in Moneta.

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Bill Stanley, of the Stanley Law Group in Moneta, recently released a statement on the Loudoun County Circuit Court’s ruling recusing the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj from further prosecution of a remaining criminal charge against his client Scott Smith.

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From left, Ashley Nena, Karolina Styk and Adrienne Hubbard pause after sampling wines Saturday at the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival at Mariners Landing. Additional coverage of the event will be in next week’s Smith Mountain Eagle.

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Mike Pence, 48th vice president of the United States, visited Liberty University (LU) in Lynchburg on Wednesday, Sept. 14, and delivered the address at Convocation. Convocation is a biweekly gathering of LU’s students for Christian worldview development.

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On June 27, the Smith Mountain Lake community lost a true pioneer. On the 20-yard line of Staunton River High School’s football field last Friday, there was an emblem honoring Glenn Ayers, and his family members were provided a token of appreciation in remembrance of him.

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Residents living in and around the Moneta can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with screenings by Life Line Screening. Smith Mountain Lake YMCA will host this community event on Sept. 22.

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The Vinton Historical Society stated that its benefit yard sale on the grounds of the Vinton History Museum on Saturday, Aug. 27, was successful.

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Investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit, with the assistance of the United States Marshal’s Service, conducted a drug roundup resulting in the arrest of eight individuals, including one from Huddleston, according to the sheriff’s office on Friday.

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The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) had reminded all boaters to stay safe and sober for the Labor Day holiday, and always wear a life jacket while on the water.

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The Virginia Department of Health’s Pittsylvania/Danville Health District and Southside Health District are now offering a form for those interested in the monkeypox vaccine, JYNNEOS. The form allows the districts to gauge community interest and to determine who might be at higher risk.

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The SML Pavilion is bringing a new type of event space to the Smith Mountain Lake community. Located at Downtown Moneta, the pavilion features a large covered space for events.

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The Franklin County Family YMCA has partnered with Wheel Love, an organization committed to offering the wheelchair-based community a chance to participate in a wide variety of activities, including kayaking.

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For the first time in its history, the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival will include wineries from outside the state of Virginia, including premier brands such as Caymus, Catena, Zuccardi and Yalumba.

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Jim Dinwiddie, long-time resident at 15235 Booker T. Washington Highway from long before the lake was even an idea, celebrated his 98th birthday Aug. 20. His friend Bill Wenzel organized the High Cotton barbershop quartet (shown) to come and serenade him.

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Shown is a sample of boats that will be on display at the 30th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Crazy Horse Marina on Smith Mountain Lake. The Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society expects more than 40 anti…

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On Saturday, Oct. 8, during the Vinton Fall Festival, the Vinton History Museum will have a “Holiday Shoppe” on the museum lawn. The museum will sell gift baskets, holiday décor and gift items. 

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Blacksburg artist Donald Sunshine will be at Bower Center for the Arts on Friday, Sept. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m., when he will be at the opening reception of his exhibit, A Retrospective, which he believes, at prime age of 89, is permissible.

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The Bedford Humane Society will hold an adoption event at Tractor Supply in Bedford on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 1 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Most overdue fines will no longer be charged for patrons on Bedford Public Library System books and media, which was made effective Sept. 1. The move follows similar actions by many other public library systems in the state and nation.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Center Inc. (SMLC) recently announced it has entered into an educational development project with the Management Department at Virginia Tech’s educational development project Pamplin College of Business.

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The United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the local Coast Guard Auxiliary (Auxiliary) will once again make their way to Smith Mountain Lake, possibly as early as today and perhaps until Tuesday, to conduct training and promote boater safety to local mariners.

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The Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) recently announced that Officer First Class Conservation Police Officer Shane D. Wilson, who covers the Smith Mountain Lake area, has been named the 2021 Virginia Boating Officer of the Year.

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What makes Smith Mountain Lake so unique is not only does it have a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, but you can actually get to some of them by boat. Here are some choices that one can find along the 500-mile shoreline.